Beginning May 20, 2018, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit will make structural repairs and station improvements at the 34 St-Penn Station subway complex on the Seventh Avenue 1, 2 and 3 lines and also on the Eighth Avenue A, C and E lines. The stations will remain open during the work and schedules will not be affected.
“Penn Station is a critical hub in the regional transit network, and the two subway stations within this complex are two of the busiest in our entire subway system,” stated Andy Byford, New York City Transit president. “For many visitors to New York City, this station complex is their first experience of the New York Subway. We simply cannot afford to have a major connection point like this fall into disrepair. This hub especially needs to be state-of-the-art, clean and easy to navigate – and it will be, once this important work is complete.”
Work will include repairs to the structural steel and concrete infrastructure for station entrances, walls and ceilings. Other improvements include leak mitigation, improved electrical systems, new flooring in mezzanine areas, new stair treads, illuminated handrails and new wall tiles. Two mezzanines will be upgraded with glass barriers, security cameras, LED lighting, digital screens and enhanced signage.
New York City Transit will also refurbish three A, C and E entrances and will place glass panels and new digital signage at the 1, 2 and 3 entrance on the southwest corner of West 34th Street and Seventh Avenue. The affected station entrances for 34 St-Penn Station will be closed one at a time and signage will be posted at the affected stations and terminal areas to alert customers when the work will take place.